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strategy+business (Issue 55 / Summer 2009)

Below is a full article list from this issue of strategy+business.


$950 Billion in Extra Capital
by Barry Jaruzelski, Conrad Winkler, and Eric Dustman
Strategies to improve working capital deficiencies and unearth excess cash from corporate balance sheets.
 
Toyota’s IT Transformation
by Barbra Cooper
The information systems group at Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. has moved from an "order-taker" role to "next-generation demand management” in an effort to meet overall corporate needs.
 
How to Shut Down a Project Gracefully
by Rita Gunther McGrath
Companies that rely on innovation for growth must learn to live with failure. But lack of commercial success does not have to be a terrible result.
 
The Promise of Private-label Media
by Matthew Egol, Leslie H. Moeller, and Christopher Vollmer
A direct-to-consumer media strategy can help companies build brands and reach consumers in new ways.
 
Reframing Your Business Equation
by Tim Laseter and M. Eric Johnson
Companies and industries are often driven by implicit formulas. Questioning their validity can lead to breakthroughs.
 
The Challenges of Balance
by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
In their quest to build sustainable economies, the Gulf states of the Middle East are learning to manage opposing forces.
 
Promoting Entrepreneurship in the West Bank
by Donald L. Pressley and Cheryl S. Steele
How a conference of multiple stakeholders is bringing financial investment to a region marked by conflict.
 
The Best Years of the Auto Industry Are Still to Come
by Ronald Haddock and John Jullens
Even as they struggle through the economic meltdown, vehicle makers can look ahead to a high-growth, flexible, global future.
 
The Trouble with Brands
by John Gerzema and Ed Lebar
Most consumer brands are not creating value. The exceptions share a set of “energized” attributes that companies can identify and exploit.
 
CEO Succession 2008: Stability in the Storm
by Per-Ola Karlsson and Gary L. Neilson
Booz & Company’s annual survey of chief executive arrivals and departures shows that the financial crisis has held down the rate of CEO turnover — for now.
 
Making the Most of M&A
by Gerald Adolph and Justin Pettit
Mergers and acquisitions are becoming more critical — and more perilous — than ever. You can build your capabilities, even in the midst of turmoil.
 
Dov Frohman Leads the Hard Way
by Paula Margulies
The management author and former CEO of Intel Israel on the need to do the unexpected and attempt the impossible.
 
Esther Dyson: The Thought Leader Interview
by Art Kleiner
A long-standing champion of high-tech innovation foresees a fundamental shift toward more transparent institutions and a more relationship-driven economy.
 
Epics of Enterprise
by Milton Moskowitz
A connoisseur of corporate histories conducts a guided tour of the favorites in his collection.
 
Meltdowns Past and Present
by David K. Hurst
A review of The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics, by Richard C. Koo.
 
Confused Credit Markets
by David K. Hurst
A review of The Origin of Financial Crises, by George Cooper.
 
Irrational Individuals
by David K. Hurst
A review of Free Market Madness, by Peter A. Ubel.
 
The Seedy Business of Infomercials
by David K. Hurst
A review of But Wait...There’s More! by Remy Stern.
 
The Downside of Choice
by Bridget Finn and Michal Lev-Ram
Customers are often dissatisfied with their purchases when faced with too many products.
 
Strategies for Improving Global Labor Practices
by Bridget Finn and Michal Lev-Ram
Strategies for ensuring acceptable working conditions in the global supply chain.
 
Creating Competitive Advantage
by Bridget Finn and Michal Lev-Ram
Management must understand the advantages and disadvantages of a company’s capabilities.
 
The Value of Intelligent Hiring Practices
by Bridget Finn and Michal Lev-Ram
Smart hiring strategies can contribute to higher sales.
 
How Competition Affects Organizational Structures
by Bridget Finn and Michal Lev-Ram
Trade liberalization policies increase competition and lead to flatter firms.
 
Further Proof That People Are Not Computers
by Bridget Finn and Michal Lev-Ram
People place more emphasis on numbers that have more digits, even when the economic value is the same or less.
 
Season of the Witch
by Bruce Feirstein